Taoist Tai Chi Society
Imagine yourself calm with a clear mind. Now imagine your body being flexible and open and ready to deal with the oh, I don’t know… extreme sport known as the holiday season.
Calm and holiday season are generally not congruous terms but they can be!
I got to peek into the world of the Taoist Tai Chi Society® internal art of health this week and see firsthand how incredibly relaxed and focused one can get. Teacher Lisa Carnicom has 17 years invested in the art and teachings of Taoist Tai Chi. For her, it’s about sharing the wealth of a transcendent experience that leaves her with a feeling of immense physical and mental well being.
Upon entering the class, I found it a bit mesmerizing to watch the group move slowly but powerfully in complete silence and unison. Their movements were calculated, controlled and completely relaxed. This was an advanced class where minimal instruction was necessary. The atmosphere had me feeling tranquil and sometimes unaware I was there to take pictures!
There are many tales of improved health, great and small, from the practice of Taoist Tai Chi. Lisa’s own experience is this: “Tai chi has taught me to enjoy having a body that moves. Now I LOVE having a body that hikes, bicycles, swims, plays volleyball, rides horseback, snorkels, and so forth. I feel joy on a physical level as well as emotional.” Taoist Tai Chi Society® internal art of health has many stories of individuals recovering from surgeries in record time and recovering most, sometimes all, function after suffering long standing illness.
Tai Chi is accessible to everyone regardless of body condition or age and that is pretty rad! As Lisa puts it: “ It feels good, and gets increasingly delicious over time, as your tissues loosen, your nervous system develops the ability to coordinate everything more optimally, and you develop more proprioceptive awareness. Because it feels good, you’re motivated to practice more. Each time you practice, you put a deposit into your life’s health account.”
There are a variety of classes being offered in the Billings area by Lisa, her husband Joel and other teachers within the Montana chapter of the Taoist Tai Chi Society. If all this sounds good to you, check out one of the beginner classes and certainly give them a call if you have any questions!
Phone: (406) 534-9338
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